This heart felt story was handwritten and given to me by a dear nurse to share with you all…
I had the pleasure of having an amazing gentle boxer named Marbles. She had a gift of know who was “leaving this world” and here are a few stories of her compassion and joy that she brought to many of our residents at our nursing home. I cannot use actual resident’s names so they will be made up names but these events really happened…
Marbles had to have surgery for a large fatty tumor on her back by her tail. She kept ripping out the stitches so I told by boss I had to take off work to watch the dog and she was kind enough to allow me to bring her to work. It turned out to be the best thing for Marbles, me and our residents. Here are some stories and events that happened while Marbles was working along side of me…
About one month later, we came into work and I went to get started on giving morning care and Marbles started acting strangely. She kept going to the back hall and turning back to me. She did this about 4 times before I realized she wanted me to follow her. When we got into the room, the client took her last breath. Marbles refused to leave the room. This client had always had treats for marbles and they developed a friendship.
About 2 months later, we had a client that was critically ill. Marbles again went pacing back to her room and back to me until I followed her. This client and Marbles shared special times whenMarbles would get her front part of her body on the clients bed and the client would pet her and talk to her. This morning, Marbles was almost frantic to get back to this client’s room. The client’s granddaughter was present and Marbles went over, jumped up on the bed and nuzzled the client with her nose. The client said “Marbles!” and placed her hand on Marbles and about five minutes later, the client passed away.
Marbles began making visits to every one with me. I noticed that when Marbles sensed a client becoming gravely ill, she would jump up on the bed and “cuddle” with the client and it seemed like a day or two later, the client would pass. She was a very loving gentle dog with big sad eyes. She made everyone fall in love with her.
The last story was really special… A client would yell, “Get that dog out of here!!! I am afraid of dogs!” Every day I would make Marbles wait outside in the hall while I was giving care inside the room – that’s until the client got a room mate who absolutely loved dogs. So, I would take marbles in to visit client #2 and client #1 said to me your dogs looks so sad, you can let her in our room. Gradually, client #1 started to show some interest in her when we were visiting client #2 in the room. After awhile, client #1 asked to pet Marbles. Marbles was always so gentle and loving to her. She then began asking for Marbles when I would go into the room. Marbles was the only dog this client ever liked. Her son was absolutely shocked that his mother let a dog in her room and was willing to actually pet her. He said his mother always had a great fear of dogs all of her life. The client continued to have a great friendship with Marbles and always looked forward to Marble’s morning greeting.
There are just a few of the lives that my Marbles touched. I wish I would have written all of the them down, but like everyone else, you always think there will be time and you won’t forget. Life moves on and decisions have to be made.
Unfortunately, the fatty tumor turned out to be stage 4 cancer. Marbles was in a great deal of pain and had trouble walking up our hill. I started to notice that she wouldn’t let my other boxer, Bubba lay with her – probably due to the pain she was experiencing. I had to say good by to her as I sat with her and held her like she would have done, with so much love. On April 30th, 2012, Marbles had to be put to sleep. This brave little dog when to heaven where she is will all of the people she gave comfort to in their final hours.
I miss her will all my heart and so does my other dog, Bubba. May everyone have a special connection in their final hours. Thank you God for Marbles and our times together.